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The Altamont VFW gave away four bikes at their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The winners of the bikes were, front row, from left: Andrew Fulk, Jocelyn Pearcy, Bryce Suckow, and Paige Wendling; back row, Mimi Mays, President of the Auxiliary, Easter Bunny (Robbi Meade), and Don Ziegler, VFW Quartermaster.

The LCC Kids spring concert was held on Tuesday, April 7 at the Carriage House Event Center. In addition to the children performing songs for the crowd, an auction and a bake sale were also held.

Pinnacle Plant Manager Thomas Perkins (center) receives assistance from St. Elmo Mayor Ernie Myers (left of center) in cutting the ribbon at Pinnacle’s celebration on Wednesday, April 8. Several government and corporate representatives made their way to St. Elmo for the festivities, including U. S. Representative John Shimkus (left, in blazer) and State Representative John Cavaletto (right of Perkins).

The plant in St. Elmo now produces over 50 flavors of dressing. A $50 million investment was necessary to begin the operation.

Avery Sheets scurries for eggs during the hunt at the Altamont VFW.


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Autumn Breeze owners invest hearts in alpacas Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:32


Rod and Sissy Rogers call their farm home and property “Autumn Breeze.” Located in the rural area south of Brownstown, it could also be called a ranch, although there are no cows, pigs or horses in sight.

Instead, alpacas and llamas roam the pastures, protected from predators by their guardian, a big llama named Sunny.

Sunny, is a friendly welcoming fellow when the Rogers are present, but if his charges (his family of alpacas and the resident llamas) are threatened, then he will fight predators to protect the winsome little animals who are related to the camel family, but are much smaller, cuter, and appear much more lovable.

Mayor-elect offers views on his run, philosophy, and vision Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:28

BY NATHAN SCHOLES With a resounding win in the April 7 election, Jason Rippetoe unseated four-term Mayor Larry Taylor. Rippetoe took time recently to sit down with us to providesome background on his decision to run, foresight into the city’s problems, and give his wife props.

Nathan Scholes: Was the idea to run for mayor a long time in the making or something more recent?

Jason Rippetoe: I would say that it’s a longer-term thing. I’d say within the last two year.

NS: Did something specific spur that decision?

JR: It was suggested to me by different people. I’d get to sharing my ideas and apparently they liked them and thought that it’d probably be a good idea if I’d run.

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St. Elmo, Pinnacle celebrate expansion with ribbon-cutting Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 April 2015 10:39


With the snip of a red ribbon on Wednesday, April 8, Pinnacle Foods and the City of St. Elmo put the finishing touches on a year-and-a-half of work that saw $50 millioninvested in the local plant and 90 new jobs brought to the area. The undertaking was the largest capital project in Pinnacle Foods history.

In the fall of 2013, Pinnacle Foods purchased the Wish-Bone brand fromUnilever. Pinnacle ChiefSupply Chain Officer Tony Fernandez explained that St.Elmo was selected as the sitefor production of the saladdressings given the city’scentral geography, spaceavailable for expansion, andemployee culture. In additionto the barbecue andmaple syrup brands alreadyproduced at the plant, over 50 flavors of salad dressingwill be added to the product list.

VFW Easter egg hunt draws good crowd Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 April 2015 10:45

Dozens of area children came out for the Altamont VFW Easter egg hunt held on Saturday, April 4.
In addition to candy-filled eggs and a visit from the Easter bunny, four bikes were also given away.

Lash gets her wish, starts wine house and wedding site Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 April 2015 10:20


Tammy Lash was a born hostess. It just took a few years before she could make a career of it. Creative and gregarious, the proprietor (along with husband Mark) of Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Wedding Venue in St. James serves to create a welcoming, fun environment where people can come together and enjoy themselves, whether they’re celebrating a marriage or simply a glass of wine after a long work week.

“People say it’s warm and cozy her. I try to do the unexpected little things,” she says, reflecting on the ambience of her wine house.

Lash says that her interest in owning a wedding venueand event center began asfar back as the 1980s. She put that aside as she and her husband concentrated on his construction company and her kitchen design business.

But the itch came back when she began helping a couple of friends with their winery in Alma, Ill. She assisted with weddings and other events held at the establishment and greatly enjoyed it, but the long drives home made long nights even longer for Tammy. She wanted her own place.

And so Mark and Tammy began looking. They entered negotiations on a couple of properties in Augsburg, but eventually backed away.

Tammy says they originally purchased the current site as a remodeling project, but she kept thinking that it might make a nice wine house. She decided to give it a go.

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